The subject explores the learning theories which underpin teaching and learning within vocational education and training practice. The emphasis is on understanding that the learning theories proposed help teachers to reflect on their practice and to incorporate relevant aspects of the theories in order to improve students' learning experiences. The subject introduces the concepts of learning as making meaning from our own experiences and as a social construct; different ways of defining learning and the concept of metacognition as double loop learning; theories of learning which shape the learning and teaching within the VET environment including the social theories of learning on which VET practice is based; and some of the emergent experiential theories. The subject looks back at some of the individual or developmental theories of learning and how the metaphors and practices of these theories are embedded in our understanding of learning and our practice working with adult learners in post-compulsory education. Finally, the subject uses different forms of learning as a lens for shaping practice. This includes looking at performative learning, situated learning, problem-based learning and workplace learning and how these types of learning reflect the theories of learning which inform them, as well as considering student needs, motivation and learning abilities by tracing these concepts back to different learning theories and educational philosophies of students and teachers.
School of Education
Not available to students who have completed EEL201 or EEL220 or EEL320 or EEL405 or EEL440.
EEL201, EEL220, EEL320, EEL405, EEL440
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